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Ata's death and buiàl. CHAP. XVII, XVIII. Jehoshaphal surceedeth him. 383 heard it, that he left off building of R- 5 Therefore the Lord established the mah, and let his work cease.

kingdom in his hand ; and all Judah 6 Then Asa the king took all Judah ; || brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he and they carried away the stones of Ra- | bad riches and honour in abundance. mah, and the timber thereof, wherewith 6 And his heart was lifted up in the ways Baasha was building, and he built there- of the LORD: moreover he took away the with Geba and Mizpah.

high places and groves out of Judah. 7 | And at that time Hanani the seer 7 Also in the third year of his reign eame to Asa king of Judah, and said un- he sent to his princes, even to Ben-hail, to him, Because thou hast relieci on the and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD to Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach thy God, therefore is the host of the king in the cities of Judah. of Syria escaped out of thine hand.

8 And with them he sent Levites, even 8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lu || Shemaialı, and Nethaniah, and Zebaclibims a huge host, with very many char | al!, and! Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and iots and horsemen? yet, because thou || Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, didst rely on the LORD, he delivered 1 and Tobadonijah, Levites ; and with them into thine hand.

them Elishama and Jehoram, priests. 9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and 9 And they taught in Judah, and had fro throughout the whole earth, to shew the book of the law of the LORD with himself strong in the behalf of them whose them, and went about throughout all the beart is perfect toward him. Herein cities of Judah, and taught the people. thou hast done foolishly : therefore from 10 cind the fear of the Lord tell up. henceforth thou shalt have wars.

on all the kingdoms of the lands that were 10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, round about Judah, so that they made no and put him in a prison-house ; for war against Jehoshaphrat. sores in a rage with him because of this 11 Also suine of the Philistines brought thing. And Asa oppressed some of the Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute silicr; people the same time.

and the Arabians brought him flocks, ser11 And behold, the acts of Asa, first en thousand and seven hundred rams, and and last, lo, they are written in the book seven thousand and seven hundred heof the kings of Judah and Israel.

goats. 12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year 12 | And Jehoshaphat waxed great of his reign was diseased in his feet, inntil exceedingly ; and he built in Judah caslais disease was exceeding great : yet in iies, and cities of store. his clisease he sought not to the LORD, 13 And he had much business in the but to the physicians.

cities of Judah : and the men of war, 13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem. died in the one and fortieth year of his 14 And these are the numbers of them reign.

according to the house of their father's : 14 And they buried him in his own scp- of Judah, the captains of thousands ; Adhlchres which he had made for himself nah the chief, and with him mighty men in the city of David, and laid him in the of valour three hundred thousand bed which was filled with sweet cours 15 And next to him was Jehohanan and divers kinds of strices prepared by the captain, and with him two hundred the apothecaries art: and they made a and fourscore thousand. Very great burning for him.

16 And next him was Amasiah the son CHAP, XVII.

of Zichri, who willingly offered himself 1 Jehoshaphat rrigneth well, and pros- unto the LORD ; and with him two hunpierrth. 7 Ile sendeth Levites to teach dred thousand mighty men of valour. Judah. 12 His greatness, captains, 17 And of Benjamin ; Eliada a mighty and armies.

man of valour, and with him armed men A Jedaoshaphat his son reigned in with bowandishield two hundred thousands against Israel.

with him an hundred and fourscore thou2 And he placed forces in all the fen- . sand ready prepared for the war. ced cities of Judali, and set garrisous in 19 These waited on the king, beside the land of Judah, and in the cities of E- those whom the king put in the fenced phraim, which Asa his father had taken. cicies throughout all Judah. 3 And the LORD was with Jchosha

CHAP. XVIII. phat, because he walked in the first war's 1 Jehoshaplicat goeth with Ahab against of his father David, and sought not unto Rumoth-giliut. 4 Ahab seduced by

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384 Ahab's false furophets. II. CHRONICLES. Micardi's prophecy.

2 And after certain years he went i 16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scatdown to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahah 'tered upon the mountains, as sheep that killed sheep and oxen for him in abund- have no shepherd : and the LORD said, ance, and for the people that he had with These have no master; let them return him, and persuaded him to go up wiih him therefore every man to his house in peace. to Ramoth-gilead.

17 And the king of Israel said to Jehosh3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto aphat, Did I not tell thee that he would Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go not prophesy good unto me, but evil? with me to Kamoth-gilead? And he an- 18 Again he said, Therefore hear the swered him, I am as thou art, and my word of the LORD; I saw the LORD sitpeople as thy people ; and we will be ting upon his throne, and all the most of with thee in the war.

heaven standing on his right hand and on 4 And Jehoshaphat said unto the his left. king of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, at 19 And the LORD said, Who shall enthe word of the Lord to-day.

tice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go 5 Therefore the king of Israel gather- up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one ered together of propliets four hundred spake saying after this manner, and an

other saying battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for God stood before the LORD, and said, I will will deliver it into the king's hand. entice him. And the LORD said unto

6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is re not him, Wherewith? here a prophet of the Lord besides, that 21 And he said, I will go out, and be a we might inquire of liim ?

lying spirit in the mouth of all his proph7. And the king of Israel said unto Je- | ets. And the LORD said, Thou shalt hoshaphat, There is yet one man, by entice him, and thou shalt also prevail : whom we may inquire of the LORD : but go out and do even so. I hate him ;' for he never prophesietla 22 Now therefore, behold, the LORD good unto me, but always evil: the same hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of is Micajah the son of Imla. And Jehosh- these thy prophets, and the Lord hath aphat said, Let not the king say so. spoken evil against thee.

8 And the king of Israel called for one 23 Then Zedekian the son of Chenaof his officers, and said, Fetch quickly anah came near, and smote Micaiah upon Micaiah the son of Imla.

the cheek, and said, which way went 9 And the king of Israel and Jehosha- the spirit of the Lord from me to speak phat king of Judah sat either of them on unto thee? his throne, clothed in their robes, and 24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thon they sat in a void place at the entering shalt see on that day when thou shalt go in of the gate of Samaria ; and all the into an inner chamber to hide thyself. prophets prophesied before them.

25 Then the king of Israel said, Take 10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah ve Micaiah, and carry him back to Ahad ma le hiin horns of iron, and said, mon the governor of the city, and to Jo Thus saith the Lord, With these thou ash the king's son; shalt push Syria until they be consumed. 26 And say, Thus saith the king, Put

11 And all the prophets prophesied so, this fellow in the prison, and feed him saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and with bread of affliction and with water of prosper : for the LORD shall deliver it affliction, until I return in peace. into the hand of the king.

27 And Micajah said, If thou certain12 And the messenger that went to call ly return in peace, then hath not the LORD Micaiah spake to him, saying, Behold, spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, the words of the prophets declare gooi all ye people. to the king with one assent ; let thy word 28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshatherefore, I pray thee, be like one of phat the king of Judalı went up to Ratheirs, and speak thou good.

moth-gilead. 13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD 29 And the king of Israel said unto Je liveth, even what my God saith, that will hoshiaphat, I will disguise myself, and I speak.

will go to the battle; but put thou on thy 14 And when he was come to the king, il robes. So the king of Israel disguised the king said unto him, Micaialı, shall we himself; and they went to the battle. goto Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I for- 30 Now the king of Syria had comfear? And he said, Goye up, and prosper, l nanded the captains of the chariots that and they shall be delivered into your hand. were with him, saying, Fight ye not with

15 And the king said to him, How small or great, sare only with the king many times shall I adjure thee that thou of Israel. say nothing but the truth to me in the 31 And it came to pass, when the capname of the Lord ?

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Jehosha phat visiteth his kingdom. CAAP. XIX, XX. Ile piroclaimeth a fast. 385 that they said, It is the king of Israel. y ments, ye shall even wain them that they Therefore they compassed about him to trespass not against the Lord, and so fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the wrath come upon you, and upon your Lord helped him; and God moved them brethren: this do, and ye shall nottrespass. to depart from him.

11 Andbehold, Amariah the chiefpriest 32 For it came to pass, that when the is over you in all matters of the LORD; captains of the chariots perceived that it and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the was not the king of Israel, they turned ruler of the house of Judah, for all the back again from pursuing him.

king's matters: also the Levites shall be · 33 And a certain man drew a bow at a officers before you. Deal courageously, venture, and smote the king of Israel be- and the LORD shall be with the good. tween the joints of the harness: therefore

CHAP. XX. he said to his chariot-man, Turn thine 1 Jehoshaphat proclaimeth a fast. 5 His hand, that thou mayest carry me out of prayer. 22 The overthrow of his ene

mics. 31 His reign. e de and the battle increased that day; I Children of Moab, and the children howbeit the king of Israel stayed himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until of Ammon, and with them other beside the even : and about the time of the sun the Ammonites, came against Jehoshagoing down he died.

phat to battle. CHAP. XIX.

2 Then there came some that told Je1 Jehoshaphat visiteih nis kingdom. 5 hoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great

His instructions to the judges. multitude against thee from beyond the

ND Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sea on this side Syria ; and behold, they Jerusalem.

3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set 2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimwent out to meet him, and said to kinged a fast throughout all Judah. Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the un- 4 And Judah gathered themselves togally, and love them that hate the Lord? I gether, to ask helf of the Lord:even out therefore is wrath upon thee from before of all the cities of Judah they came to the LORD.

seek the LORD. 3 Nevertheless, there are good things 5 ? And Jehoshaphat stood in the confound in thee, in that thou hast taken gregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in away the

groves o out of the land, and hast | the house of the LORD, before the new prepared thine heart to seek God.

court, 4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: 6 Ảnd said, O Lord God of our faand he went out again through the peo-thers, Art not thou God in heaven? and ple from Beer-sheba to mount Ephraim, rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of and brought them back unto the LORD the heathen ? and in thine hand is there God of their fathers.

not power and might, so that none is able 5 And he set judges in the land to withstand thee? throughout all the fencesi cities of Judah, 7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive city by city,

out the inhabitants of this land before thy 6 And said to the judges, Take heed people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of what ye do: for ye judge not for man, Abraham thy friend for ever? but for the Lord, who is with you in the 8 And they dwelt therein, and have judgment.

built thee a sanctuary therein for thy 7 Wherefore now let the fear of the name, saying, LORD be upon you ; take heed and do it: 9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the for there is no iniquity with the LORD sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famour God, nor respect of persons, nor tak- ine, we stand before this house, and in ing of gifts.

thy presence, (for thy name is in this 8 T Moreover, in Jerusalem did Jeho house,) and cry unto thee in our afflicshaphat set of the Levites, and of the tion, then thou wilt hear and help. priests, and of the chief of the fathers of 10 And now, behold, the children of Israel

, for the judgment of the LORD, and Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom for controversies, when they returned to thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when Jerusalem.

they came out of the land of Egypt, but 9. And he charged them, saying, Thus they turned from them, and destroyed shall ye do in the fear of the Lord, faith- them not ; fully, and with a perfect heart.

11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, 10 And what cause soever shall come to come to cast us out of thy possession, to you of your brethren that dwell in their which thou hast given us to inherit. cities, between blood and blood, between 12 () our God, wilt thou not judge law and commandment, statutes and judg-1 them? for we have no might against this 386 God figñteth for Judah. II. CHRONICLES.

Julcshafhai's reign. great company that cometh against us; 25 And when Jehoshaphat and his peoneither know we what to do: but our ple came to take away the spoil of them, eyes are upon thee.

they found among them in abundance 15 And all Judah stool before the both riches with the dead bodies, and LORD, with their little ones, their wives, precious jewels, which they stripped off and their children.

for themselves, more than they could car14 | Then upon Jehaziel the son of ry away, and they were three days in Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of gathering of the spoil, it was so much. Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of 26 | And on the fourth day they assemthe sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the bled themselves in the valley of Berachah; Lord in the milst of the congregation ; for there they blessed the LORD ; there

15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, fore the name of the same place was calland ye mhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou ed, The valley of Berachal, unto this day. king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD 27 Then they returned, every man of unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in reason of this great multitude ; for the the forefront of them, to go again to Jerubattle is not yours, but God's.

salem with joy ; for the Lord had made 16 To-morrow go ye down against them to rejoice over their enemies. them : behold, they come up by the cliff 28 And they came to Jerusalem with of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end | psalteries and harps and trumpets unto of the brook, before the wilderness of the house of the Lord. Jeruel.

29 And the fear of God was on all thie 17 Ye shall not need to fight in this kingdoms of those countries, when they battle : set yourselves, stand ye still, and had heard that the Lord fought against see the salvation of the LORD with you, the enemies of Israel. O Judah and Jerusalem : fear not, nor be 30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quidismayed; to-morrow go out against them: ct: for his God gave him rest round about. for the LORD will be with you.

31 | And Jehoshaphat reigned over Ju18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head | dah: he was thirty and five years old with his face to the ground: and all Ju- when he began to reign, and he reigned dah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And before the LORD, worshipping the LORD. his inother's name wus Azubah the daugli

19 And the Levites, of the children of ter of Shilhi. the Kohathites, and of the children of the 32 And he walked in the way of Asa Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD his father, and departed not from it, do God of Israel with a loud voice on high. ing that which wus riglit in the sight of

20 | And they rose early in the morn- the LORD. ing, and went forth into the wilderness of 33 Howbeit, the high places were not Tekoa : and as they went forth, Jehosha- taken away: for as yet the people had phat stood and said, Hear me, 0 Judah, not prepared their hearts unto the God and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem ; Believe of their fathers. in the LORD your God, so shall ye be 34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaestablished ; believe his prophets, so shall phat, first and last, behold, they are writye prosper.

ten in the book of Jehu the schi of Hana21. And when he had consulted with ni, who is mentioned in the book of the the people, he appointed singers unto the kings of Israel. LORD, and that should praise the beauty 35 I And after this did Jehoshaphat of holiness, as they went out before the king of Judah jcin liimself with Ahaziah army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for king of Israel, who did very wickedly : fuis mercy endureth for ever.

36 And he joined himself with him to 22 | And when they began to sing and make ships to go to Tarshish: and they to praise, the LORD set ambushinents made the ships in Ezion-geber. against the children of Ammon, Moab, 37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of and mount Seir, which were come against MareshahprophesiedagaistJehoshaphat. Judah ; and they were smitten.

saying, Because thou hast joined thyself 23 For the children of Ammon and with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy Moab stood up against the inhabitants of works. And the ships were broken, that mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy they were not able to go to Tarshish. them : and when they had made an end

CHAP. XXI. of the inhabitants of Seir, every one help- | 1 Johoranı succetdeth Jehoskaphat. 5 His ed to destroy another.

wicked reign. 18 His incurable dis24 And when Judah came toward the case, in famous druth, and burial.

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thers, and was buried with his fawere dead bodies fallen to the eartlı, and chers in the city of David. And Jehoram none escaped.

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Jehoram': micked reign. CHAP. XXII. Ahaziah's reign and death. 387

2 And he had brethren the sons of Je- il gainst Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines, hoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zech- and of the Arabians, that were near the ariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and || Ethiopians : Shephatiah : all these were the sons of 17 And they came up into Judah, and Jchoshaphat king of Israel.

brake into it, and carried away all the 3 And their father gave them great substance that was found in the king's gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious house, and his sons also, and his wives; things, with fenced cities in Judah : but so that there was never a son left him, the kingdom gave he to Jehoram ; be- save Jehoahaz the youngest of his sons. cause he was the first-born.

18 | And after all this the LORD 4 Now when Jehorain was risen up to smote him in his bowels with an incurathe kinglom of his father, he strengthen- | ble disease. ed himself, and slew all his brethren with 19 And it came to pass, that in process the sword, and diver's also of the princes of time, after the end of two years, his of Israel.

bowels fell out by reason of his sickness : 5 9 Jehoram was thirty and two years so he died of sore diseases. And his pene old when he began to reign, and he reign- ple made no burning for him, like the ed eight years in Jerusalem.

burning of his fathers. 6 And he walked in the way of the 20 Thirty and two years old was he kings of Israel, like as did the house of when he began to reign, and he reigned Ahab : for he had the daughter of Ahab | in Jerusalem ciglıt years, and departed to wife: and he wrought that which was without being desired : howbeit they buevil in the eyes of the LORD.

ried him in the city of David, but not in 7 Howbeit the LORD would not de- | the sepulchres of the kings. stroy the house of David, because of the

CHAP. XXII. covenant that he had made with David, 1 Ahaziah succeeding, reigneth wickedly. and as he promised to give a light to him 5 He is slain by Jehu. 10 Athaliah, deand to his sons for ever.

stroying all the seed royal, save Joash, 8 [In his days the Edomites revolted usurpeth the kingdom. from under the dominion of Judah, and made themselves a king.

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made Ahaziah his youngest son king 9 Then Jehoram went forth with his in his stead: for the band of men that princes, and all his chariots with him : came with the Arabians to the camp had and he rose up by night, and smote the slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the son Edomites which compassed him in, and of Jehoram king of Judah reigned. the captains of the chariots.

2 Forty and two years old wo:18 Ahaziah 10 So the Edomites revolted from un- when he began to reign, and he reigned der the hand of Judah unto this day. The

one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name same time also did Libnah revolt from un- also mais Athaliah the daughter of Omri. der his hand ; because he had forsaken the 3 He also walked in the ways of the LORD God of his fathers.

house of Ahab : for his mother was his 11 Moreover, he made high places in counsellor to do wickedly. the mountains of Judah, and caused the 4 Wherefore he did evil in the sight of inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit for- the LORD like the house of Ahab : for nication, and compelled Judah thereto. they were his counsellors, after the death

12 | And there came a writing to him of his father, to his destruction. from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus 5 He walked also after their counsel, saith the LORD God of David'thy father, and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab Because thou hast'not walked in the ways king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the of Syria at Ramnoth-gilead: and the Syriways of Asa king of Judah,

ans smote Joram. 13 But hast walked in the way of the 6 And he returned to be healed in Jezkings of Israel, and hast made Judah and reel because of the wounds which were the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whor- | given him at Ramah, when he fought with ing, like to the whoredoms of the house of Hazael king of Syria. And Azariah the Aliab, and also hast slain thy brethren of son of Jelioram king of Judah went down thy father's house, which were better than to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jezthyself:

reel, because he was sick. 14 Behold, with a great plague will the 7 And the destruction of Ahaziah was of LORD smite thy people, and thy children, God by coming to Joram : for when he was and thy wives, and all thy goods : come, he went out with Jehoram against

15 And thou shall have great sickness Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the LORD by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab. fall out by reason of the sickness day by 8 And it came to pass, that when Jehu day.

was executing judgment upon the house: 16 4 Moreover, the LORD stirred up a- of Ahab, and found the princes of Judalr,

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